The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced Herzog & de Meuron as winners of the 2015 RIBA Jencks Award. This award recognizes those who were a significant contribution in architecture, in practice as well as theory.
This year, the award’s recipient was decided by a judging panel comprising Jencks, RIBA President and Chairman of Hodder and Partners Stephen Hodder, Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones and AA director Brett Steele (and chaired by RIBA Director of Eduation David Gloster).
“We are delighted to be the winners of this year’s RIBA Jencks Award,” say the architects. “Despite the many texts and books we have published, we still have doubts about the longevity of texts written by architects,” they continue. “The title of a few books may be remembered over time – the relevance of their content, though, ages faster than expected… We therefore always did our best to not to separate theory from the built work. Buildings don’t follow theory but yes: the best buildings always allow for theoretical interpretations of all kinds.”
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